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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Loved Opera, and Opera Loved Her Back

Justice Ginsburg was the art form’s “greatest advocate and our greatest spokesperson,” says a leading director.

Justin Bieber and Chance the Rapper’s Wholesome Team-Up, and 10 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Sam Smith, Salem, Steve Arrington and others.

From a Historic Piano Duel to a Finger-Blurring New Album

Marc-André Hamelin’s recording features fantasias on Italian opera by Franz Liszt and Sigismond Thalberg, who faced off onstage in 1837.

Alicia Keys Has Passion, Advice and Aplomb on ‘Alicia’

The singer and songwriter’s seventh album grapples with other people’s expectations and offers words of uplift.

Róisín Murphy, a Disco Queen Ruling Her Own Galaxy

The Irish innovator has been putting her own spin on glittery music for two decades. In a year full of dance-pop releases, she’s returning to shake things up yet again.

Opera Star Anna Netrebko Is Hospitalized With Covid-19

“Everything will be fine!” she said on Instagram, but the news is the latest sign of the challenges singers face returning to work.

Is TikTok a Music Industry Friend or Troll?

“Old Town Road” showed the app’s potential as a hit generator. But its relationship to the business is far more complex.

William Pursell, Musician of the Nashville Sound, Dies at 94

The two-time Grammy nominee was a studio pianist for country stars. His performance of “Our Winter Love” in 1963 hit the Billboard singles and album charts. He died of the coronavirus.

Stanley Crouch, Critic Who Saw American Democracy in Jazz, Dies at 74

A prolific author, essayist, columnist and social critic, he challenged conventional thinking on race and helped found Jazz at Lincoln Center.

52 Years Ago, Thelonious Monk Played a High School. Now Everyone Can Hear It.

An ambitious student named Danny Scher booked the jazz great at Palo Alto High School in Northern California. A recording of the event gathered dust for five decades.

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